Posts for: August, 2016
Almost everyone brushes their teeth every day. However, this important part of your daily routine is often performed on autopilot. Choosing the right toothbrush and brushing correctly is vital to the health of your teeth and oral tissues and can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Find out more about improving your oral care routine with Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA.
Which toothbrush is best for me?
There are two kinds of toothbrushes: electric and manual. Though an electric toothbrush may seem more thorough than a manual brush, studies have shown that, if used correctly, both types adequately and effectively clean the teeth. The choice between the two usually comes down to preference. No matter which type of brush you choose, it should have the following defining factors which will help provide positive results:
- a long enough handle to firmly and comfortably hold the brush
- an average-sized brush head that you can easily maneuver around the mouth
- soft enough bristles as to not harm the oral tissues
- the National Dental Association seal of approval
How do I brush correctly?
You should brush at least twice daily for two minutes per brushing session. Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and use short, back-and-forth strokes to brush the front and back of each tooth. Do not neglect to brush the backside of your last molars. Your oral care routine should also include flossing at least once daily between every tooth and behind your last molar. Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show signs of wear, usually every three to four months. Finally, see your Milford, MA dentist twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Milford, MA
Seeing your dentist twice a year provides the preventative care your teeth and oral tissues require to remain healthy and decay-free. Finding a cavity early could mean the difference between a simple dental filling and a root canal or even a tooth extraction. Additionally, regular cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the teeth before they cause tooth decay or gum disease.
For more information on choosing the right toothbrush, please contact Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA. Call (508) 966-7923 to schedule your bi-annual dental examination and cleaning today!
Around ages 6 to 8, a child's primary teeth will begin to loosen to make way for their permanent teeth. If all goes well, the new set will come in straight with the upper teeth slightly overlapping the bottom.
But sometimes it doesn't go that well: a child may instead develop a poor bite (malocclusion) that interferes with normal function. If we can detect the early signs of a developing malocclusion, however, we may be able to intervene and lessen its impact. You as a parent can play a vital role in this early detection.
The first thing you should be watching for is teeth spacing.Â Normal teeth come in straight with a slight gap between them. But there are two abnormal extremes to look for: teeth having no space between them or crowded together in a crooked, haphazard manner; or they seem to have too much space between them, which indicates a possible discrepancy between the teeth and jaw sizes.
You should also notice how the teeth come together or “bite.” If you notice the lower front teeth biting in front of the upper (the opposite of normal) it may be a developing underbite. If you see a space between the upper and lower teeth when they bite down, this is a sign of an open bite. Or, if the upper front teeth seem to come down too far over the lower, this could mean a deep bite: in extreme cases the lower teeth actually bite into the roof of the mouth behind the upper teeth.
You should also look for crossbites, in which the teeth in one part of the mouth bite abnormally in front or behind their counterparts, while teeth in other parts bite normally. For example, you might notice if the back upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (abnormal), while the front upper teeth bite outside the lower front teeth (normal).
The important thing is to note anything that doesn't look right or seems inconsistent with how your child's teeth look or how they function. Even if you aren't sure it's an issue, contact us anyway for an examination. If it really is a developing bite problem, starting treatment now may lessen the extent and cost of treatment later.
Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.
Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?
In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.
As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.
And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.
Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.
Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”
If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”